Prof. Joshua Ayoola OBALEYE was born July 3, 1954 in Ilesa, Osun State, Nigeria.  He obtained both his B.Sc. Chemistry degree in 1977 and Ph.D. Radiation and Inorganic Chemistry in 1981from USA.

He joined University of Ilorin on July 31, 1987 as Senior Lecturer after serving in some other Universities. He was promoted to full professor in 1996. He was the former Head of Chemistry Department and former Dean of Faculty of Science, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria.

Prof.Obaleye  has received several awards both nationally and internationally.  He is a fellow of many professional organizations. He has served as the Corresponding Editor of many journals. He is the Editor in Chief of Centre-point journal (Science Edition)-University of Ilorin Journal. He has served both as member and chairman of many Boards and committees; including Board of Trustee of some organizations. He is a public analyst. He was a Recipient of the Development in Nigeria Merit Award presented on 18th of August, 2007 in Abuja, Nigeria. He has published widely both nationally and internationally. He has many collaborators both within and outside his country. Professor Obaleye is an Inorganic Chemist having special interest in Medicinal/Coordination Chemistry. His research focus is in Synthesis, Structural Elucidation and Biological Potency of Metal-Drug Complexes with specific reference to Antimalaria, antituberculosis and anticancer among others.

He has served as resource person and guest/key note speakers to many national and international conferences and workshops including serving as accreditation panel member and chairman to many Universities. He has served as the Chairman, Kwara State Chapter, Haggai Institute Alumni Association of Nigerian for over ten years. He is a National Board Member of Haggai Institute of Nigeria.

Prof.Obaleye is a member of American Chemical Society (ACS) and the chairman of ACS Nigeria International Chemical Sciences Chapter. He is also the Faculty advisor for ACS University of Ilorin Students Chapter. He is married with children and has travelled widely.